The QVAR inhaler is an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) that helps prevent the inflammation in your lungs that causes asthma symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing. The majority of asthmatics also have allergies that can trigger an asthma attack.
Using the QVAR Inhaler as a preventative therapy stops or decreases the severity of asthma attacks, but does not stop an attack that has already started. You need a fast-acting or rescue inhaler with you at all times to treat those unexpected attacks.
Once inhaled as directed, the QVAR Inhaler (which is an inhalation aerosol) delivers small particles of the active ingredient Beclomethasone Dipropionate to the small and large airways in your lungs. These particles block certain cells from releasing substances that cause asthma symptoms. By interfering with the actions of an immune response, inflammation decreases and it's easier to breathe because your airways do not constrict as they would during an asthma attack.
The generic alternative of the QVAR Inhaler, called Beclomethasone Dipropionate, is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
QVAR inhalers are used by patients with asthma. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows airways. Asthma causes wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness. It can affect people of any age, but it usually starts during childhood. Most individuals learn what their triggers are and try to avoid them as best they can. Triggers can include dust mites, pollen, chemicals, and smoke, which makes avoidance difficult because these are all so prevalent. By using the QVAR Inhaler as directed, you can live your life with less worry about avoiding your asthma triggers.
As with all prescription drugs, there are potential side effects of the QVAR Inhaler and generic Beclomethasone Dipropionate.
Some people may experience: